Specializing in films about Music and the Arts.
of frequent international television awards, Prometheus has created
large-scale features in both the Documentary and Performance categories
for over 20 years.
The Focus is on the Classical Repertoire, not only in the attractions
and achievements of gifted young people but in the realm of Early
Music, the rehearsal process, individual performances and close
observations of the process of making music. Each Prometheus film
has a unique focus, while covering a wide range: Composers from
Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten to
the massive symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
Prominent artists featured recently have included soprano Suzie
LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor and Tragicomedia's Stephen Stubbs.
Previous generation famous singers Pierrette Alarie and Leopold
Simoneau have been profiled, along with renowned venues Carnegie
Hall and King's College, Cambridge. Among the conductors is Mahler
specialist Timothy Vernon, artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria
- one of the acclaimed small opera houses in North America.
Prometheus films are not publicity promotions, nor video clips
and sound bites - but rather, in-depth observations of today's music
makers whether in the recording studio, the academy rehearsal hall,
or the concert platform itself. These are productions created to
entertain, inform and delight while reflecting some truths about
today's music scene.
The Greek Titan Prometheus
Prometheus, which means "forethought", was one of the earth's 12
original giant Titans whom the Greeks revered. According to Greek
legend, he was the father of mankind. He made the first men out
of earth and water, and then he gave his primitive creatures the
gifts of fire and art. This displeased Zeus and the other gods,
who had wanted to keep these elements of civilization for themselves.
Prometheus, who had prophetic powers, found several ingenious ways
to better the lot of his creatures. He tricked the great god Zeus,
who became angry and nailed him to a cliff. He sent an eagle each
day to peck out his liver, which grew again each night. It is said
that Heracles shot the eagle and broke Prometheus' bonds. Prometheus
was remembered on earth with torch races commemorating his theft